Archive for February 20th, 2003

For once international opinion is clear cut

February 20, 2003

The events of the last few days have, for once, been reported fairly in the international press and created a strong reactions at all levels. The US Government expressed its concern over the detention of Carlos Fernandez. As I said last night, even Human Rights Watch which has been somewhat timid in criticizing the Chavez administartion was even forcefull yesterday over the deaths of three military officers that were murdered this weekend. Even the infanous New York Times placed a headline that said ” Venezuelan Strike Leader arrested” I would have preffered oppsoition, but for the NYT, its an improvement. Our friend Andy at the Financial Times, did his usual good job, apparently earlier than customary!


Meanwhile in our own blog world, which clearly reports things first and propagates them quickly, Glenn` Reynolds of Instpundit covered and updated the events, wishfully in response to my e-mail, but he seems to be on top of things anyway. He doubled it up by covering it in his MSNBC site, in what may be the best short article on why Cahvez has turned intoa  Dictator and Dictator’s in general. Meanwhile our friend at lookbackinanger, continues to understand the importance and relevance of what is happening in my country and discusses it amply (and generously to me!). Scott at Burton Terrace is always on top of things here, while Brazilian valetefrates also pays attention to us on this incredibly tense and stressful day.

Government contradicts itself

February 20, 2003

While Hugo Chavez said at noon that he was informed at midnight of the “decision by a judge to detain” Carlos Ortega and Carlos Fernandez and he said “go ahead” (whatever happened to independent powers”, a half dozen of Chavez’ MVR Deputies had already appeared on TV to back the decision by the judge “live” from the Vice-President’s office. Chavez was so cynical as to say “I think” he has been captured, but he cant fool anybody. Moreover Cahvez said when he was told about it, he smiled with pleasure. What a sadist, no?


Meanwhile, besides the information that the judge ten months ago was the lawyer that defended those caught shooting at the demonstration when 19 people were killed, the prosecutor who brought the charges happens to be the niece of the Attorney General who was Chavez’ first Vice-President. The Attorney General has sat on his ass on dozens of cases that include almost 50 deaths and 700 injured, but is quick to find vaporous charges agasint the most important leaders of the opposition.


Meanwhile, while one of Chavez’ Deputies said there was a list of one hundred people that were going to be detained, the Attorney General said he has “only and so far” ordered the capture of the two Carlos’, who are the natural leaders of the unions and the private sector. By the way, the Head of the Federation of Unions Carlos Ortega, said that he will not hand himself in as he fears for his life. He has gone into hiding, but refuses to leave the country.


Now, even the People’s Ombusdman, one of the most pathetic characters of the Chavez Government said the detention “was not transparent” since there was nobody present, no order to capture Mr. Fernandez and Mr. Fernandez was detained without access by his lawyers for twelve hours. Does this mean the end is near and the Ombusdeman is trying to distance himself?


Curiously, many politicians now interpret yesterday’s actions as the reason why Chavez did not go on his trip to Malaysia as well as a ploy to distract attention from the succesful number of the referendum petitions known as the “Firmazo”, which was presented last night. I disagree, this is a step towards more repression. What I am afraid of is that coming so close to the Declaration against violence and for peace and democracy, we can only expect things to get worse from now on.

February 20, 2003

A Deputy from Chavez MVR party just said that the list of those that may be detained for their responsability in the General Strike has approximately 100 names in it (http://www.globovision.com/politica/2003.02/20/velasquez/index.shtml). If there is any doubt where we are headed, this simply confirms it.

February 20, 2003

A Deputy from Chavez MVR party just said that the list of those that may be detained for their responsability in the General Strike has approximately 100 names in it (http://www.globovision.com/politica/2003.02/20/velasquez/index.shtml). If there is any doubt where we are headed, this simply confirms it.

February 20, 2003

A Deputy from Chavez MVR party just said that the list of those that may be detained for their responsability in the General Strike has approximately 100 names in it (http://www.globovision.com/politica/2003.02/20/velasquez/index.shtml). If there is any doubt where we are headed, this simply confirms it.

February 20, 2003

A Deputy from Chavez MVR party just said that the list of those that may be detained for their responsability in the General Strike has approximately 100 names in it (http://www.globovision.com/politica/2003.02/20/velasquez/index.shtml). If there is any doubt where we are headed, this simply confirms it.

February 20, 2003

The judge who ordered the two opposition leaders detained was recently named as a judge by the “hand-picked” committee that is reviewing the judicial system. He was the lawyer for the three accused gunman of the massacre during the mrach last April11th., all pro-Chavez.

February 20, 2003

The judge who ordered the two opposition leaders detained was recently named as a judge by the “hand-picked” committee that is reviewing the judicial system. He was the lawyer for the three accused gunman of the massacre during the mrach last April11th., all pro-Chavez.

February 20, 2003

The judge who ordered the two opposition leaders detained was recently named as a judge by the “hand-picked” committee that is reviewing the judicial system. He was the lawyer for the three accused gunman of the massacre during the mrach last April11th., all pro-Chavez.

February 20, 2003

The judge who ordered the two opposition leaders detained was recently named as a judge by the “hand-picked” committee that is reviewing the judicial system. He was the lawyer for the three accused gunman of the massacre during the mrach last April11th., all pro-Chavez.

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